Session 4: Seize the Courage to TRANSform Our Ideas of Gender Identities in the Workplace

Transgender individuals face a mountain of prejudice and discrimination. In public discourse, we’ve heard a great deal of confusion about who transgender and gender diverse people are. This session will focus on understanding transgender and gender diverse identities, having conversations about transgender people’s experiences, what it means to bring their whole selves to work, dealing with difficult and inappropriate questions, what equitable and respectful treatment looks like, and what allies can do to support and include transgender individuals and other gender identities in the workplace.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand what is meant by the words, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, and transphobia;

  • Be more knowledgeable about the issues faced by transgender people in the workplace and in society; 

  • Recognize situations when transphobia is occurring and what can be done to interrupt it; 

  • Be more knowledgeable on what can be done to make their work environment more inclusive for transgender people and for people undergoing gender transition;

  • Have confidence in engaging in conversations with transgender co-workers and co-workers overall in promoting an inclusive workplace.


Date:  June 20, 2017

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (continental breakfast served at 7:45 am)

Location: Nordstrom Flagship Store, Seattle

                  1617 6th Avenue

                  5th Floor, J.W. Nordstrom Meeting Room

Presenters: Jeremiah Allen and Gunner Scott


Jeremiah Allen is the Project Coordinator at Pride Foundation for TRANSform Washington, a statewide public education campaign celebrating the lives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse people.


As a Queer, Trans* African-American and Indigenous tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Lakota Sioux tribe, Jeremiah is passionate about looking critically at the intersections of race, gender, health, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation to find ways to create policies that protect the most historically marginalized communities.


Jeremiah received his Bachelors of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and Behavior at Oregon State University, where he worked as a liaison for SOL: LGBTQ Multicultural Support Network with OSU’s Diversity and Cultural Engagement Center. Currently, Jeremiah is a Masters of Public Administration candidate at Seattle University.


In his free time, Jeremiah enjoys reading and writing poetry, watching football, and spending time with his three amazing children.

Gunner Scott is the Director of Programs at Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation serving the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Gunner received a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed the oral history project entitled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.” 


He brings over twenty years of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community, including his work in the fields of LGBTQ partner abuse, transgender equality, and community arts and culture. He brings extensive experience in public policy development, training and public education, developing legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. In addition to his work in the LGBTQ community, he serves as the chair of the Highland Park Action Committee, a neighborhood advocacy group and on the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) community focus group.

Prior to living in Seattle, he was a founding member and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), where he led a five-year legislative campaign for the Transgender Equal Rights bill, which passed the Massachusetts legislature in 2011. He has written articles on issues of transgender equality, health care access, racial equity, and LGBTQ partner abuse for publications such as the Huffington Post, Clockworks Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows newspaper, 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves; What’s Up magazine, and Sojourner Women’s Forum. He also penned “Agitate and Activate,” the introduction to Pinned Down by Pronouns, a 2003 Lambda Literary-nominated anthology and he is a co-author on the study and 2011 American Journal of Public Health article “Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults.”

NWDLS is Managed by:  The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI)


ISDI is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success.  


ISDI was founded in 2015 and assumed the management of the Northwest Diversity Learning Series in 2016, formerly managed by Archbright. Barbara Deane, the original NW Series co-founder, and Effenus Henderson, retired Chief Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser are the co-founders and directors of the Institute.  This is the 19th year of the NWDLS!


Remaining Sessions in 2017:


Session 5:  Seize the Courage: Move from Assumptions to Understanding in A Multi-Generational Workplace. Tuesday, September 19

Session 6:  Seize the Courage to Respond to the Context of Racial Inequality. Monday, October 30